Smart Region

A smart region is one that embraces and takes action on smart infrastructure investments for the technological age. Through our Smart Region resources, Central Ohio is better prepared for its future.
The following deliverables were developed by the Smart Region Task Force. The task force served as an ad-hoc committee to prepare Central Ohio communities for smart infrastructure investments by developing a shared vision for a “smart region.”

Th Smart Regional Task Force worked for nearly a three-year period to examine the potential benefits and unintended consequences of smart infrastructure investments. It is also worked to generate regional policies and guidelines that will lead to the creation of a smart region.

CONTACT INFORMATION
 

Thea (Walsh) Ewing
614.233-4160
twalsh@morpc.org

Funding & Financing

Paying for the capital investments to enable a Smart Region is challenging. Besides the high initial cost common to all capital projects, smart infrastructure faces additional challenges. However, these challenges can be overcome with a strategic plan based on thorough understanding of the project, its associated costs and revenues, the available funding and financing options, and potential delivery methods.

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Connected & Automated Vehicles

Private companies producing automated vehicles (AVs) and connected vehicles (CVs) are investing billions in a race to market. New consumer products promise to fix intractable transportation challenges and make our lives easier. New business models in mobility are introducing market-based services and transforming travel behavior. Vehicles that are increasingly automated and connected have the potential to change personal, freight, and public transportation profoundly. Some impacts of those vehicles can be foreseen, others are uncertain, and all are complex.

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Digital Inclusion

In the digital age, educational outcomes and economic mobility are tied directly to the ability to get online. Without broadband access, applying for jobs, completing homework assignments, and getting transportation can pose insurmountable challenges.

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Community Data Ecosystems

Paying for the capital investments to enable a Smart Region is challenging. Besides the high initial cost common to all capital projects, smart infrastructure faces additional challenges. However, these challenges can be overcome with a strategic plan based on thorough understanding of the project, its associated costs and revenues, the available funding and financing options, and potential delivery methods.

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Smart Streets Policy

The purpose of the Smart Streets Policy is to ensure public investments in mobility are planned, selected, scoped, designed, constructed, and maintained in a manner that advances a Smart Region. To promote the acceptance and practice of Smart Streets, MORPC recommends that local jurisdictions and the state of Ohio develop and adopt Smart Streets policies to meet their needs and are compatible with this regional policy.

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MORPC's Smart Region Playbook

The Smart Region Playbook sets forth a shared definition and vision of a “smart region” and a set of goals and recommendations to make progress toward achieving that vision. The playbook guides MORPC, local governments, and other stakeholders in executing the mission and vision of a Smart Region. It serves as a robust guideline for MORPC’s own work and recommends policies, strategies and actions to be considered for incorporation into MORPC’s existing and future efforts, allowing the recommendations to permeate the agency’s work.

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Intelligent Transportation Systems

Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) refers to an assortment of technologies, systems, and transportation management concepts.

ITS plays a key role in a safe, efficient, and innovative transportation system that works for all travelers. Examples of ITS technologies include coordinated signal systems, dynamic message signs, portable changeable message signs, ramp meter signals on the freeway, CCTV traffic cameras that monitor traffic flow and incidents, and transit related systems such as the Automated Vehicle Locators (AVL), which helps determine the real-time location of a vehicle.

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